New Rochelle – Richard St. Paul, attorney for the family of Kamal Flowers – who was killed by the New Rochelle Police Department, June 5th, 2020 – sends formal request to Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah to unseal the grand jury records, Friday, March 5th. A Westchester grand jury ruled in November, not to charge New Rochelle Police Officer Alec McKenna for shooting and killing of 24-year-old Kamal Flowers.
Last month, New York State Attorney General Leticia James announced that a judge granted her motion to unseal and publicly release the grand jury minutes related to the investigation of Daniel Prude’s death was granted. Prude, a 41-year-old African-American Rochester resident, was also killed by a police officer, March 23, 2020.
St. Paul, the families attorney are hoping for similar success in the Flowers case from the Westchester District Attorney’s office (see letter of request below).
“I am mindful of the concerns of the victim’s family, law enforcement and the community regarding the Kemal Flowers case and, as promised, am currently reviewing the case and options available to the DA’s Office at this time,” District Attorney Rocah shared with Black Westchester. “The DA’s Office will consider all legal options available to us in this case, including a possible future application for court permission to release Grand Jury testimony. It is important to note that Grand Jury secrecy rules apply to all aspects of the Grand Jury process, so the DA’s Office is limited in how we can respond to inquiries relating to Grand Jury proceedings.”
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story and look for appearance with St. Paul on People Before Politics Radio in upcoming weeks.